Saturday, June 09, 2018

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Cassie Sullivan is trying to find her brother, Sam. Cassie faces some tough obstacles along the way. Fortunately, she finds a place to stay and has some survival skills. 5th graders and above would be interested in this book. It teaches you to never give up.

Audrey A., 7th Grade

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Ben has to learn to have a chimp as a brother. He learns about family. There are some sad parts but fortunately it is a fantastic book. I would recommend this book to 5th graders and above.

Audrey A., 7th Grade

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Jinny is an orphan on an island where everything is perfect. The trees provide shade, there's plent of food and some nice cabins. The one rule is that there can only be nine orphans on the island. Each year, a boat comes with a baby and takes away the oldest orphan forever. And when Jinny's best friend Deen leaves, she is the new Elder with responsibilities. But she broke some of the curses and things might never be right again. This is for 6th/7th graders who like reading about friendship and love.

Grace L., 8th Grade

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is the first book of an epic series. Celaena Sardothien arrives at the Glass Castle of Adarlan from the salt mines to compete for the role as the king's champion. She will either die or live in this castle. But a dark creature lurks in the ancient castle, killing the competitors off, and Celaena might be the only one able to find out who is trying to destroy them.

This book is for 14+ (contains love scenes) and is rated 10/10 for me!

Grace L., 8th Grade

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman

This book is about a boy named Jack and a man named Praiseworthy. They go to California to mine for gold. I like it because it shows the life of gold mining. I think people who are learning about the gold rush should read this book.

Sharon C., 7th Grade

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is a book about a girl named Tally. When uglies turn 16, they go through an operation to turn them pretty. Tally's new friend Shay runs away because she doesn't want to become pretty. A positive element of this book is that it is exciting and has an interesting theme. However, it is a bit disturbing as the operation grinds your bones. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about inner conflict and rebellion.

Serin H., 8th Grade

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day is a novel about a being named "A" who switches bodies every day. One day, he falls in love with the girlfriend of the body he is inhabiting. He keeps trying to find her and meet her again. Some positive elements are that the book's idea is original and shows the experiences of all kinds of people. However, it is ab it confusing as to how A's being works. I would recommend this book to middle schoolers and older.

Serin H., 8th Grade

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

What's your favorite thing to play with? Well, these four kids find a magic harmonica. This harmonica has a magic letter on it. It is a red "M". This "M" is very mysterious and nobody knows what it stands for. The harmonica makes music that is fabulous. These kids are all young musicians and the harmonica is the key to everything. They share the harmonica. I recommend this book to everyone.

Ian J., 8th Grade

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Mo has a very sad and tired past. Her parents let go of her during a hurricane. Ever since, she tries to find her mother but doesn't succeed, but still hopes to find her. There has been a murder and nobody knows who killed the man. Everybody in the town is very scared, while detectives Joe Star and Mo take the case. Will they solve the whole mystery themselves? This book is for 6th grade and up.

Ian J., 8th Grade

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

This book is about one of the lost boys from the Sudan. With other lost boys Salva, travels from one refugee camp to another. Later he lives with a family in New York, then finally back with his own family in the Sudan. I recommend this book for kids in 5th grade and above.

Wendi Z., 7th Grade

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

This book is about a girl who enjoys bullying other kids, especially Annabelle whose family is pretty rich. Betty causes a lot of trouble and tries to harm Annabelle's brothers. After more trouble is caused, Betty blames Toby, a homeless veteran. This book is filled with adventure and mystery. I recommend this book for kids 10+.

Wendi Z., 7th Grade

The Courage Test by James Preller

William Meriwether Miller, named after the explorers Lewis and Clark, was dragged along on a "quest" along the trail that Lewis and Clark explored. Along the way, William and his dad meet one of his dad's old friends who is part Native American and a 15 year old who is homeless. They help her, encounter a bear, and find out that her mother has cancer. Thankfully, she is better and able to take her home.

Alex N., 7th Grade

Threads by Ami Polonsky

Threads is about two girls that get connected by one letter. This letter is not an ordinary letter but a letter that is pleading for help. Clara finds the letter at the shoe section in a mall named Bellmans. While back in China, Yuming desperately tries to find an escape from the horrible pink factory. Will Yuming ever escape? And if so, will Clara be part of that escape? I liked this book because there are surprises. I didn't like that this book has slavery. I recommend for ages 11+.

Morgan E., 7th Grade

A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman

The crack in the sea is about a king (the raft king) wanting to solve the overcrowding problem in his nation and to find his mother. But the king can't do this alone. He chooses people with extraordinary gifts. Will these people really help him? I really like this book because it focuses a lot on friendship, family importance, and Magie. The thing I wasn't really a fan of was the beginning because it didn't have anything to pull me in, I had to get to the middle for me not to get bored. I recommend this for ages 10+.

Morgan E., 7th Grade

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

This book is about a girl named Mia. She looks and acts like an ordinary 13 year old but she hides one thing from everyone. It is that when she hears sound or sees letters or names, they make her think of a certain color. She finds out after lots of doctors, it is called synesthesia - the mingling of senses. The point I think the author is trying to prove is that you should always embrace who you are, no matter what anyone says. I think this is an amazing book and everyone should read it. I think it is good for 5-7th graders.

Dana S., 8th Grade

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

This book is about a princess named Celie who lives in a magical castle. The special thing about Castle Glower is that on Tuesdays, new rooms appear and disappear. One day her parents go on a trip and don't return. Celie is truck with her brother and sister while other people try to invade the castle. This book is good for ages 8-12.

Dana S., 8th Grade

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally never seems to do well in school. Her new teacher, Mr. Daniels, tries to teach her to read and write, but she just can't. It turns out she has dyslexia but that won't stop her from trying. Ally confronts a bully, stands up for her best friend, is elected class president, and becomes the person she always wanted to be. Just because Ally struggles, that doesn't stop her, but makes her a stronger person.

Jessica L., 7th Grade

The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

I think the theme of the book is perseverance because Kammie makes her way out of the well with the help of some family. The book gives you a sad history of the main character, her feelings, and the tough times she goes through. I think this book is good for 4th grade and up. This book keeps you interested and has many twists and turns.

Maya L., 7th Grade

The Hardy Boys: The Missing Chums by Frank Dixon

One day Joe and Frank's boat is hit. On that same night, a bank is robbed. Also two people disappear from a party. All this happens on the same night. Frank and Joe use different methods to try and solve the mystery.

Annette W., 8th Grade

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Edward Tulane, an exquisite rabbit doll composed entirely of china, is capable of thought and emotion but seemingly unable to find love within himself. It is only after he gets torn away from his owner Abilene, who loved him dearly, that he feels the initial stirrings of loneliness and longing which is also the beginning of his miraculous journey. Edward is discovered, loved, and diverged with an elderly fisherman and his spouse, a good-natured hobo and his dog, and a perishing girl and her persisting brother. With each separation, his china heart breaks, and with this feeling Edward realizes he is capable of love, and longs for another with whom he can share this feeling.

A beautifully written story with creative elements and balance among characters, this book is recommended for any age seeking a heartfelt story.

Aria A., Grade 8

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasly

Micah Tuttle always associated magic with the stories his Grandpa Ephriam narrated of the legendary Circus Mirandus, with its collection of mystical creatures, magical performers, and the figure who he calls the Lightbender - but Micah never suspects they were more than simply tales. Though when Grandpa Ephriam  falls ill and is verging on death, Micah (along with his recent friend, Jenny Mendoza) is enlightened to the impossible notion that the magical Circus Mirandus is real. With this knowledge, Micah ventures on a task to seek the Lightbender (the ultimate performer) who once promised his Grandfather a miracle. Micah needs to ensure, on the hope of his Grandpa Ephriam's life, that the Lightbender will abide by his promise. With heart-strong characters and a profound ending, this book is a heartfelt story recommended for those 9-12 who are drawn to magic in all its wonder.

Aria A., 8th Grade

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Short is not a good word in Julia's world. Julia Marks is a short kid with lots of curiosity and lots of questions. One day her mom encourages Julia to audition to be a munchkin and she regrets it... at first! After, she meets extraordinary people that help her like it a lot. I give this book a 3 out of 10 star rating because I don't like that Julia is very literal. Also, I don't like that she doubted a woman named Mrs. Chang. Besides that, it was pretty good. I recommend it for ages 8+.

Morgan E., 7th Grade

Thursday, June 07, 2018

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

This book is about a girl named Ellie whose grandfather is a scientist trying to discover the fountain of youth. I would like to recommend this book to people who believe in science and like some drama. The reading level for this book is 4-5th grade. This book is rated 4 stars.

Victoria, 7th Grade

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

This is an amazing book based on a true story about a homeless girl who is learning about the twin towers in class. It talks about the day they fell and has some facts. This book is at a 5th grade reading level. If you like facts and history, you should read this book. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Victoria, 7th Grade

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This book is about a group of extremely smart, bright children who go on a dangerous mission. On this mission, the children encounter many riddles and problems that they have to solve. You can test your knowledge and see how good you are at solving these problems! I would recommend this book to anyone who is in 4th-8th grade and likes giant books!

Sydney M., 9th Grade

The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make by Sean Covey

I recommend this book for ages 12+.

The author describes some of the hardest challenges a teenager can face. The book shows how you can make your life better and that it is not too late to turn your life around. Also there are true stories that help teach teens the right path to take. It talks about friend troubles, parent difficulties, school, bad habits and how to fix them, and much more. This book is definitely worth reading.

Kyra N., 8th Grade

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

In this book, Denver sneaks out to a Malibu beach party held by none other than her ex-best friend Abigail. Why would she go? Croix (her crush) asked her out! But when a tsunami hits the coast, Denver finds herself surrounded by people she hates, drifting farther from shore. I would recommend this book for ages 11+

Josie L., 8th Grade

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The main idea of this book is about a tragedy and then the aftermath. When Ezra gets into a car accident and shatters his leg, he meets Cassidy Thorpe, who he falls in love with. He then goes on a wild adventure and finds out the truth about Cassidy. Positive elements include comedy and true friendship. I would recommend it for ages 11+.

Josie L., 8th Grade

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

I recommend this book because the story is very heartfelt and teaches you a lot of helpful lessons like not judging books by their cover. Three girls go from New York City to Oakland, CA to meet their mother after 6 years apart. Let's just say she isn't what they expected. I recommend this book for 11-13 year olds.

Reagan R., 8th Grade

Horton Halfpott, or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor, or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset by Tom Angleberger

I recommend this book because it was written in short, engaging chapters that kept me on my toes. The books is filled to the brim with humorous content. I recommend this book to 10-13 year olds.

Reagan R., 8th grade.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Nobility called Equals rule different parts of the world with skill and magical powers. Luke and his family are going to Kyneston, the home of a powerful Equal family, for slave days. But something goes wrong and Luke is shipped off to Millmoor, a horrible factory town. Luke's sister, Abi, fights to get Luke to Kyneston while falling for a Skilless Equal.

Eliana C., 8th Grade

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three sister queens each have a magical power. Katharine, a poisoner, can consume the deadliest poison without suffering a horrible death. Arsinoe is said to have the naturalist powers of blooming beautiful flowers and summoning the most dangerous animals. As an elemental, Mirabella can control water, fire, wind and earth. To win the crown, the queens must fight to the death.

Eliana C., 8th Grade

The Fairy's Mistake by Gail Carson Levine

The theme of the book is to not get selfish/greedy. When the prince is riding by he sees jewels coming out of Rosella's mouth, he asks to marry her. She says yes and they get married. The prince uses her for his needs and Rosella gets very sick and tired so the fairy that made the jewels comes to help.

I think this book is for grades 3-4th.

Hannah M., 7th Grade

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow has no friends, no parents, and no siblings. But she is a smart, gifted girl. When her teacher gives the class a test, she gets everything right. But her teacher thinks she's cheating and gets sent to a counselor. There with the counselor, Willow meets new friends, Mai and Quang-ha.

I think the theme of this book is adapting to change by meeting new friends. I recommend this book to 4-6th graders.

Yuzu H., 7th grade

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A trip to a mysterious mansion on an island. Every single day one of the invited strangers is killed by someone. Red herrings keep them confused. The incidents make the strangers suspect each other. The characters and intense story does not let the reader put the book down. I recommend this book to those who like mysteries and age 12+.

Junhyeong P., 8th Grade

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Feo's life is extraordinary. And dangerous. She and he mom train domesticated wolves to take care of themselves in the forests of Russia. She loves working with wolves, especially three that are half-wild and refuse to leave her. But not everybody loves wolves. General Rakov hates them wants to tear Feo's life apart. Feo must learn to trust people, not just wolves, to save her little world.

Recommended for ages 9-14.

Jasmine L., Grade 8

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Mai can't wait for summer break from being perfect. But all that her straight A's have gotten her is to Vietnam - a foreign country that she's never been to. Her parents want Mai to learn more about her roots and help her grandmother find out what happened to her grandfather in the Vietnam War. Mai will soon learn that home is not on a map: it's made up of the people she loves.

Recommended for ages 12-15.

Jasmine L., 8th grade

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Wizards used to roam the island of Aletheia. There were no troubles for a long time, until something even the Wizards couldn't stop, attacked. The Plague mostly kills everyone and everything. The Wizards sacrificed themselves to save Aletheia. Using their last magic, they had turned into powerful trees that still support the island. What would happen if a greedy someone cut down all the Wizard trees?

This book helps you discover true friendship and is recommended for ages 10-15.

Mihilo K., 7th grade.

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

I recommend this book to those above age 9.

During World War II, many Japanese Americans suffered surviving in the incarceration camps. This book tells a tale about Sumiko, a Japanese American girl and her life before the war and during the war. Although there were times when she wanted to cry, she always pushed those thoughts away by cheering up her little brother, Takao. I admire Sumiko with her good spirit and kind heart, even in these hard times.

Mihilo K., 7th grade.

Momo by Michael Ende

Momo is a girl that has a special ability to listen. By this I mean when troubled people start talking to Momo, their troubles soon vanish, replaced by a feeling that someone finally understood them, and left them smiling with satisfaction. Because of Momo and her ability, her city had no troubles. But there is always a shadow where this is light. The Time Thieves come to the city to steal peoples' time, for these thieves are nothing, just air, without time. Troubles start when Momo encounters one of these thieves. What will she do to save her city and friends?

Written by best-selling author of The Never Ending Story, Momo is a great example of true friendship and adventure. I recommend this book to all of those above age 9.

Mihilo K., 7th grade

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Amulet by Kibuishi

When Emily's father dies, she her mom and her brother Navin move to a new house. When the family explores the house, Emily wanders off to find herself in a mysterious room. She looks around the room to find a mysterious amulet and decides to wear it. That night, Emily wakes up to find her amulet is trying to tell her something. "Your family is in danger, stay with them, keep them safe." I recommend this book to 5th-7th graders.

Sydney M., grade 8

Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky

Deep within the forests of the beyond, a mother wolf has vanished in fear, sheltering her malformed pup, a malcadh, or cursed one, despite knowing the rigid laws of her kind. The pup with a splayed paw is condemned to perish for him being a vulnerability to the wolf clan; but the infant named Faolan, accomplished the miraculous feat of surviving, rescued by a grizzly bear who nurtures him as his own. Though Faolan, as he ages, is being inexorably revealed the truth of his origins, now struggles with the internal conflict of discovering his true identity and purpose. A lyrical tale of unseverable bonds, of beautiful descriptions and of mystery, author Kathryn Lasky offers a human perspective of the mystique ways of wolves. This book, although recommended for ages 10-14, is suitable for those seeking a profound story.

Aria, grade 7

The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make

This book teaches one the 6 most important decisions one will ever make. Sean Covey explains that the book also is just for teens and helps them deal with problems and things in their life. Sean also includes in the book real life experiences from different people so the reader can compare themselves with a different person. Towards the end of the book where there is a part that is called stick to the code. Read it to find out what it is.

Annette, grade 7

Summerlost by Allyson Condie

This book is about a girl who goes to a small town during the summer and meets a boy named Leo. She starts working at a festival and they do tours together. She also learns about a famous actor named Lisette. This book is interesting and catches your attention.

May, grade 6

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Something traumatic happens between Carley's abusive stepdad, her neglectful mom, and Carley. When her stepdad goes to jail and her mom goes to the hospital, Carley is placed in foster care in the Murphy family. Mrs. Murphy is everything Carley ever wanted in a mom. But when her mother recovers and wants to take Carley back, she really wishes there were two of her. One for her mom, and one for the Murphys.

Jessica, Grade 6

Pirates of Underwhere by Bruce Hale

The main idea of this book is to never leave things to the last minute and to be responsible with everything. The book was...GREAT! It was very funny and just couldn't stop reading it! I think this book should be for ages 9-11 because the humor is just too much! I recommend this book to people who like fantasy and adventure books.

Abdiel, 6th grade

Sunday, February 05, 2017

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

I enjoyed reading this book because of how caring the main character is to her baby sister. Next, I like how she enjoys running, just like me. Last, I like how she doesn't know what a lot of ordinary objects are, such as candles.
Nathan, 6th grade

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

The theme of this book is to never give up. Kyle and his team never give up on their goals. I recommend this book to people who like games, especially boys 8-10 years old.
MaryAnne Y., 6th grade

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The main idea of this book is that people should be grateful for the kind of lives they have. For example, the main character, Carley, is a foster child. Her mother is in the hospital and her family is torn apart. The funny experiences she has with her best friend, Toni, are the positive elements in the book. This book would appeal to 6th graders.
Sydney M., 7th grade

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart

Olivia knows trivia and Jeopardy is her favorite show. When she finds out she may be able to get on, she does everything she can to make her dreams come true! I recommend this book to 3rd-6th graders.
Sydney M., 7th grade

Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz

In the fifth book of the series, Alex Rider goes on a vacation to Venice, Italy, but finds an international terrorist group there named Scorpio. Once he finds out that the British Intelligence, M16, killed his own father, he gets angry and decides to join Scorpia. This book is really adventurous and exciting, but I think young kids can't read this because it has some bad language. I think 6th and 7th graders can read this.
Yohan C., 6th grade

Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

David Rain is a college student who is a tenant at Liz and Lucy Pennykettle's home. Lis, mother of Lucy, is the maker of the famous Pennykettle clay dragons. When David moves in, he doesn't believe in dragons. But when Liz makes him a dragon and it comes to life, he starts seeing the magic and power of the mighty creatures. A mystery is started, and David must lean to truly believe in them and master the fire within. Recommended for ages 9-12
Grace L., 6th grade

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Micah's grandpa has always told him stories about Circus Mirandus, a magical circus. But now Grandpa Ephraim is sick, and keeps telling Micah to find Circus Mirandus, and that he must believe. So Micah and his friend, Jenny, set out on a journey to find the peculiar circus, and to learn of its deep past with his now-dead Grandpa Ephraim. I truly enjoyed this story and it has a place in my heart. I recommend it to readers who love happy endings.
Grace L., 6th grade

Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey

David Rain has gone on a research trip to the Arctic. When he arrives to the Arctic, he learns the legend of the bears, and the mysterious item they hold. He begins writing about it, but he soon realizes his story is mirroring real life, leading him on a quest for the item. He races for the Tooth of Ragmar. David must put his life into the task, even if it means dying, for he knows an enemy is on the way. Will he save his world, or will the world he knows be destroyed? Recommended for ages 9-12
Grace L., 6th grade

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I recommend Brown Girl Dreaming because is is a story that represents the meaning of love, pride, ans standing up for what you think is right. Brown Girl Dreaming is about the author, Jacqueline Woodson, and how she faced a childhood filled with prejudice for people who are a different color.
Grace L., 6th grade

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

The theme of the book is how tough situations can make you stronger. The main character, Katie, goes through hard situations. Her sister betrays her to be with boys. She has no friends, is pressured about her grades, and then her beloved sister dies. The negatives of this book are when someone is misunderstood or made fun of. The positives are when Katie learns very important things in life. I would recommend this book to 5th graders and older readers.
Kelly M., 6th grade

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The theme of this book is basketball and brotherhood. It's also about how winning isn't everything. The main character, Joshua, has a twin brother, Jordan. They both love basketball. Their lives are great, until this girl shows up. Soon, their dad gets ill and dies. Joshua learns that winning isn't everything. The negative parts of this book are when people gossip. The positives are forgiveness and love. I would recommend this to free-verse poetry overs in grades 3 and up.
Kelly M., 6th grade

Jake & Lily by Jerry Spinellli

Jake and Lily are twins. Lily feels dumped, because her brother, Jake, rides his bike with boys Lily hates. Then, something heart-breaking happens to Lily.
Stephanie L., 7th grade

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The book is about a girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses. They have amazing adventures together. When Ulysses gets captured, they have to find each other. Recommended for ages 8-12
Stephani L., 7th grade

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yan Mah

An unwanted daughter is hated by her parents and siblings. She caused the death of her real mother, and her stepmother hates her. She goes through a lot of pain and sadness, but she is very smart, and leads her to be very successful. Recommended for ages 8-16.
Stephanie L., 7th grade

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

The book is about a humble lady mouse who is in trouble. The farmers are going to plow the field soon, so they have to move. The problem is, her son, Timothy, is very ill and delirious. He might die! So she asks the Rats of Nimh to help.This book is good for ages 9-13
Stephanie L., 6th grade


Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

This book is about a boy named Crispin. He has only a cross of lead left from his mother. He doesn't know who his father is. He meets a guy named "Bear" (because of his size). They become friends over time. Later on, they move to another town. Unfortunately, the people living there are looking for him. Crispin almost gets caught many times, but he survives. Recommended for grades 6 and up
Jasmine K., 6th grade

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler

Three mice escape a boa constrictor and try to find their missing mother. Instead, they find a kingdom and one of the mice is a prince. I recommend this book for 3rd graders and up.
Sanjana K., 6th grade

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

This about a girl who used to live on a ranch with many acres. When her father dies, everything goes upside-down. She has to go to California and becomes a peasant.
Elizabeth B., 6th grade

Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown

Arty, who has a space-obsessed family, has big plans to discover life on Mars. When Arty's dad gets a job in Las Vegas, he realizes he won't be able to see the stars anymore. When his parents go looking for a house, Arty has to stay with a scary next-door neighbor. I recommend this book to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
Reagan R., 6th grade

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

George is a 7th grader when he meets 12-year old Safer. Safer says the man that lives next to him, named Mr. X, may be smuggling dead bodies. Safer draws George into his surveillance plan. Safer then urges him to break into Mr. X's home, but when George refuses, Safer goes alone. I believe 5th and 6th graders will enjoy this book.
Reagan R.. 6th grade

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr by Judith St. George

This book explores the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in a very interesting way. Hannah S., 6th grade

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Nine-year old Bruno's father was a German general during World War II. Because his father was promoted, Bruno and his family had to move to a house near a Jewish concentration camp. There, Bruno had no friends like he had in Berlin, so he decided to explore the area until he finds a boy his age, Shmuel -- wearing striped pajamas -- on the other side of the fence.
Jung L., 8th grade

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

In 1932, Hitler created a camp for German children in Berlin called Hitler Youth. Hitler Youth was an organization for teenagers dedicated to Hitler. Hitler did not accept Jews or handicapped people for the camp. The youth were trained to get ready for war under Nazi command. Some boys agreed to be a part of the Holocaust. I was shocked how severely a bigot ignored human decency.
Jung L., 8th grade

Ever After High: Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection by Shannon Hale

I think this book's main idea is to be true and kind. Looks are not the only thing that matters. (This book is a story collection, so it has a lot of main ideas). I like one of the stories where someone who is chaotic feels fond of few people. I recommend this book to someone who knows Ever After High stories and who likes fairy tales.
Rebecca L., 6th grade

Ever After High: Dragon Games: the Junior Novel by Stacia Deutsch

I think the main idea of this story is that people don't change that easily, especially someone who is evil. I liked this story because there were some surprises. It didn't go as I expected. I recommend this book to 8-12-year olds.
Rebecca L., 6th grade

Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

I think the main idea of this book is that it's okay to rebel and walk your own way. I think this book also says that just because someone looks bad, or someone's parent or siblings are bad, it doesn't mean that person is evil or bad. I recommend this book to somebody who likes fairy tales and fantasy.
Rebecca L., 6th grade

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This is a book of poems. I loved these poems because they were really funny. I liked "Smart. "It is about a boy who trades 1 dollar for 2 quarters because 2 is more than 1. It goes on and on, until he has 5 coins, all pennies. The other one I liked is "Sick." This one is about a boy who doesn't want to go to school, but then he notices it is Saturday.
Ian J., 6th grade

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The main idea of this story is that Wahoo's family does not have much money after the incident when an iguana fell on his father's head. I like this book because I learned a lot about wild and tame animals. I didn't like that there is violence toward animals in this book. I would recommend this book to 4th or 5th graders.
Ian J., 6th grade

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

This book is about not judging people because of their relatives. Ever since people learned Doug's brother was a criminal, they thought Doug had a twisted criminal mind too. But soon, people found out that Doug's brother had not robbed any stores, and everyone wanted to become friends with him. It sounds boring, right? But if you read it, you will have a shock! I would recommend this book to anyone.
Ian J., 6th grade

Crenshaw by K.A. Applegate

Crenshaw is about a boy who has an imaginary friend. Jack's mom and dad do not have jobs. Now they are almost poor. This book is great because it make me want to read more. I recommend this book to anyone who has an imagination, especially a big one. I think that 3rd-5th graders should read this book. The only reason I read this book is because my mom told me to read it. It turned out to be good!
Ian J., 6th grade

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald

This is a book for NON-READERS! Charlie is a kid who hates reading. This book teaches you how to not read. Charlie Joe Jackson has very sneaky schemes to get himself out of reading. The book includes 25 tips for how not to read. Explore the live of not reading with Charlie Joe Jackson's schemes. I recommend this book for 5th-6th graders
Annette W., 6th grade

Candymakers by Wendy Mass

This book is about four twelve-year-olds who get chosen to compete in the annual candy contest. They are: Logan, a candymaker's son; Daisy, a spy on a mission; Miles, a quiet, shy boy who is allergic to the weirdest things, and Philip, an ambitious, competetive boy who wants to be better than his brother. Together, they learn to trust and work together. This book is great for people who like mysterious stories. For ages 10 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Bilbo Baggins was an ordinary hobbit until Ganldalf and 13 dwarves invite themselves into his hobbit-hole and convince him to go on an adventure to the mountain where Smaug the Dragon lives, and to reclaim the stolen gold. They meet Orcs, Elves, Spiders, Trolls, and many others, along the way. People who like adventure books will really like The Hobbit. I liked the Hobbit because of the adventure and suspense, but there are many enemies. For grades 5 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Louise and Caroline are twin sisters, but are completely different. Louise feels like Caroline is like Jacob, loved, and that she, Louise, is like Isu, hated. Everything revolves around Caroline, and Louise feels despised when Caroline is sent to a music school. Louise is jealous and wants to go away from home. This book is very emotional and I liked the setting of the story. People who like strong, emotional books would like this book. For grades 6 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis

Kara Wood's mother disappears, and Kara and her father owe more money than they can earn. Jake Evan's father is destroying the reef, and Kara is in trouble at school. Everything feels upside-down for Kara, until she sees an injured white dolphin! Kara meets a boy who doesn't walk well named Felix. Together they try to unlock Kara's mother's memory stick, and save the reef. I liked Kara's strong personality. This book is good for people who like marine biology. For grades 4 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Have you ever felt sad because of a situation that has happened? Leigh shows his feelings by writing in his diary and writing a letter to Mr. Henshaw. His parents are divorced and he wants his Dad, but it isn't easy. In addition, he's having some problems with his lunchbox. He doesn't give up. He's trying to find solutions to all of his problems. This book is good for all ages. You will have sympathy if you've experienced the same problems.
by Junhyeong P., 6th grade

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

"The important thing is you tried." That's the theme of this book. Bradley Chalkers, the main character, does not want to be a friend with someone for any academic things. He always scribbles papers. After meeting with the school counselor, he is 180 degrees different. The school counselor gets the other students to talk about their concerns with her. Finally, they try to break their bias. Will it be successful?
by Junhyeong P., 6th grade

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

After the god Apollo became a mortal, he must undergo a series of trials to regain his honor. The book is interesting, funny, and descriptive. I would recommend it to people who love mythology. It appeals to ages 9-14.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

The God of Chaos plans to take over the world and eat the sun. Carter and Sadie have to use dangerous means to stop him. The book is great and interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes cliffhangers. It appeals to ages 9-14.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

After losing his memory, Percy Jackson wakes up to find himself in a Roman camp. That is where his quest begins. This book is full of adventures and unexpected events. Read this book if you love mythology. This book appeals to ages 9 and above.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

After their Dad unleashes the Egyptian gods, Sadie and Carter Kane have to save him from living legends. The book was great because the characters are hilarious. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mythology. The book appeals to ages 9-13.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

After learning the Egyptian God of Chaos is rising, Carter and Sadie Kane awaken the only person who can stop him. The book is hilarious and makes you want to read on. People who like mythology should read this great book. It appeals to ages 9-13.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

Too Cool for School by Kristen Tracy

The main theme for this book is friendship. Some positive elements of the story are the concept, characters. I didn't like that the vocabulary isn't out there, and there is little description of where the character is. People who are popular or self-centered should read this publication. People who have friends will like it. The book is interested in how to deal and act with friends and family. I would recommend this book to people 7-13 years old.
by Katherine C., 6th grade

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

The main idea for this book is to remind yourself your siblings are very important and know they mean well. I loved how the story develops with their relationship through rough times. I loathed how the mom sometimes acted to the kids. I recommend siblings read this book and people who have friends. Ages 5 and up should read this book.
by Katherine C., 6th grade

The Selection: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The theme is to overcome obstacles. I loved that there is so much tension in the book between the elite. Although I loathed that when things are getting final, she does something that overrules that. I would recommend this book to people who like tension and competition. Ages 12 and up[ should read this book.
by Katherine C, 6th grade

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3 by Mary Rose Wood

Miss Lumey and her children are very bored. They are longing to go outside. So Miss Lumey decides to bring the children outside so they can study some birds. Soon, the children are screaming, "Lumawoo! Ostrich!" Miss Lumey finds an actual ostrich. Where did this come from? Are they ready to go on a trip to find it? Would they find something else too?
by Kiona D., 6th grade

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2 by Mary Rose Wood

Miss Ashton is a mess. She is stressed, sad, and also very, very, very mad. So Miss Lumey suggests she go to London. Miss Ashton was relieved to go on a trip. When Miss Lumey and the children arrive in London, they find a man named Simon. They become friends. Would they find trouble in London?
by Kiana D., 6th grade

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

The castle is able to move rooms. When Cecile's parents go out to celebrate, her older brother, Ron's graduation, they get attacked by some bandits. Everyone suspects they are dead, except the children at the castle. Who would take the throne? Are they really dead?
by Kiana D., 6th grade

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children#1 by Ransom Riggs

This book is for a person who loves mysteries. When Jacob was little, his grandfather told him stories. Jacob believed in them until he got older. In fact, he was mad that his grandfather lied to him. But did he? After his grandfather's death, he went to uncover the mystery. Would he be able to?
by Kiana D, 6th grade

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Mr. Terupt, a new teacher in Snow Hill School, teaches Luke, Peter, Jeffery, Jessica, Alexia, Anna, Danielle, and other students. In Because of Mr. Terupt, Luke, Peter, Jeffery, Jessica, Alexia, Anna and Danielle each have opinions about Mr. Terupt and life at home and school. Everyone loves Mr. Terupt, then one day, Mr. Terupt lets his class play in the snow outside. Peter made a snowball that turned into an ice ball in his pocket and threw it when he got mad. Unfortunately, Mr. Terupt got hit and got knocked into a coma. With other previous problems added to his hit, people wonder will he make it? This book is good for ages 9 and above.
by Olivia Y., 6th grade

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved My Life is about how a crippled girl and her brother's lives are changed during World War II. Ada, a crippled girl, felt like a trapped prisoner in her mother's one room apartment. Sitting by a window, Ada watches families, neighbors, and other villagers go by. She also watches her little brother, Jamie play with his friends after school. Ada's mom beats her for her club foot and doesn't care for her, but Ada's life changed when the bombing started. That was the reason that Ada and Jamie moved out of London. This bookd is good for ages 9 and above.
by Olivia Y., 6th grade

Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea

Previously Mr. Terupt fell into a coma. Now Mr. Terupt falls in love. This book is about how Mr. Terupt expresses his love towards a teacher at Snow Hill School. Mr. Terupt finds a way to propose to her at school. Mr. Terupt and soon to be Mrs. Terupt decide that Mr. Terupt's class will plan their wedding. This book is good for ages 8 and above.
by Olivia Y, 6th grade

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

Riding freedom is a bout a tough young girl who wants to escape the orphanage she has known for almost her whole life. Charlotte's friend, Hayward, gets adopted, and now Charlotte is alone, plus, Mr. Millshark and Mrs.Boyle want to keep her prisoner. Charlotte escapes with the help of Vern and Hayward and heads for California, where she finds a new life. This book is good for ages 9 and up.
by Olivia Y., 6th grade

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

Wilma Sturtz, a middle-schooler, goes to school feeling forgotten and unwanted. Then one day, everything changed. Wilma was riding a train to school, as usual, when she saw an old lady standing on the train and Wilma offered her the seat she had. When the lady sat down, she offered Wilma a wish for doing a good deed. Wilma wishes to become the most popular kid in Claverford. As soon as Wilma steps into school, people start to notice her, but will the wish last, and for how long? I recommend this book for ages 9 and up.
Olivia Y., 6th grade

Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

This is a beautiful and matter-of-fact book about China's older past. It shows the wide gap between the rich and poor and how those powerful will be overturned by the poor/weak. You will follow a farmer, Wang Lung, and his resourceful wife, O-Lan, in their struggles with famine, war, and children and family troubles. I would recommend this for history lovers and those trying to connect with Chinese culture.
Sharon L., 8th grade

Son by Lois Lowry

This is a sister book to The Giver. Claire grows up in the community and becomes a birth mother. However, she becomes attached to her only son and goes off on a search to find him. She learns love overcomes all.
Sharon L., 8th grade

Mr. Stink by David Walliams

A girl named Chloe is having a tough time. No friend, a perfect little sister, and weight problems. Worst of all... her mom seems to hate her. However, a tramp named Mr. Stink helped her learn the importance of family and being yourself. I recommend this to anyone.
Sharon L., 8th grade

The Year of the Three Sisters by Andrea Cheng

This is a heartwarming story about two girls, Anna and Andee, as they help their friend, Fan, get to America. Fan is Anna's pen pal who resides in China and is a migrant worker. She dreams of going to America, and her wish comes to Anna. Fan learns the importance of friendship and education and how to balance both. I recommend this for any reader!
Sharon L., 8th grade

Murder House by James Patterson

Two people with dark histories meet to solve a string of crimes committed by a challenging criminal.
Recommended for ages 15 and older
Arnav M., 6th grade

Almanac for Kids by Jacqueline Ball

Explore the past, present, and future of the world and learn more than you need to know by reading this book. You will find this book very interesting. Do you like video games? Do you like to know facts? Read this book because it contains much more information.
Annette W. 6th grade

Big Nate: Game On! by Lincoln Peirce

This is a very funny book. Big Nate explores different sports and learns new things about each sport. Nate goes through basketball, baseball, and soccer. He has to go through these sports with an enemy who steals his true love, Jenny.
Annette W. 6th grade

Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica

Scott is kind of a nerd who really enjoys football. He explores the adventure of having his own football field, and also having a great ability for kicking during a football game. Scott later becomes best friends with the star quarterback, Chris, after he stands up for Scott when somebody comes to bully him. He makes a deal with Chris, because Chris is not great at academics. Chris will teach Scott to play football and in exchange, Scott will teach him academics. I recommend this book to kids in 5th and 6th grade.
Annette W., 6th grade